Miles College Sports Hall of Fame
"Where Legends Live and Perform"
The members of the Miles College Sports Hall of Fame will miss you "Pete", along with many other Mileans whom lives you touched. You taught us discipline, leadership, dedication, and personal growth as you watched us develop our potential as productive citizens. We salute you for your dedication to God, Family, Miles College and Mankind.
WILKINS, ARTHUR "PETE" He was a Brundidge, Alabama native, Bessemer resident and graduate of Westfield High School. Pete earned his undergraduate degree from Miles College where he was a three sport letterman in baseball, basketball and football. He completed graduate degrees at the University of Montevallo. Coach had been football, basketball, baseball and track coach with Jefferson County Schools, starting at Woodward Junior High then Westfield High prior to becoming basketball coach at Miles College. Further advancement took him to Birmingham City Schools for many years as Athletic Director from which he retired. Pete was a charter member of Miles College Sports Hall of Fame, member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an Official with the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Returning to employment, Pete served as Interim Athletic Director with Bessemer Board of Education. Because of his dedication as an Alabama Special Olympics organizer, Bessemer City Schools named their Special Olympics in his honor. Pete took pride in his lawn and any and all horticulture activities. The sunset of his athletic career was spent in the capacity as official clock operator for football games at his beloved alma mater, Miles College. He was Vir Noblis, Lector and Usher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The final whistle blew for Arthur "Pete" Wilkins on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Cherished memories of life remain with his devoted wife, Dorothy Groggins Wilkins; sons, Roderick and Michaelangelo (Katrina) Wilkins, Sr.; daughter, Diane Johnson Hall; brother, James Wilkins; grandchildren, Kayla and Michaelangelo Wilkins, Jr.; great grandchildren, Makayla and Jacob Brown; sisters-in-law, Erma G. Robinson and Claudette Wilkins; lifelong childhood friend, Melvin Grant and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi, 2410 7th Avenue, North-Bessemer. Rev. Fr. Paul Asih, MSP, Celebrant. Inhumation follows on the Wilkins Family Estate at Elmwood. Family Visitation is 6:00 until 8:00 Friday. Calling Hours at Johnson Memorial, Bessemer, Friday Noon until 9:00.
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